26th January

Gainsborough 2018 Tickets

Advanced ticket sales for the festival are going well with a limited number left before we reach our insurance limit.

If you have not bought your tickets I would suggest that you do so in advance rather than wait until you get to Gainsborough, as we would not like to disappoint anyone. We also plan to shut down both We Got Tickets and PayPal at the beginning of the week before the festival starts.

Buy your Gainsborough ticket here.

Newberry & Verch UK Tour added and amended dates

Please see Blog entry of 24th January to see added and amended dates.


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24th January

Newberry & Verch UK Tour Dates

11 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch The Old Ship Inn / Lowdham

12 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Cecil Sharp House / London

13 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Greystones / Sheffield

14 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Levens Village Hall

15 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Craigdarroch Arms / Moniaive

16 Apr 208   Newberry & Verch House Concert Ripponden

17 Apr 2018  Newberry & Verch Victoria Hotel / Menai Bridge

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22nd January


Susie Goehring of Bigfoot has asked if there is anyone who is coming to Gainsborough, that is willing to lend her a guitar to use while she is in the UK.  It would be preferable if you live in London or the south east as their tour finishes in London on the 18th February.

She is happy to pay a loan fee if anyone is willing to share.  If you can help please contact me on tim.rooke@btinternet.com

Old Time Pub Session Cornwall

8.00 Wednesday 24nd January
Out  of the  Blue
Mill Lane
TR13 9LQ



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16th January

Bigfoot Concert in East Sussex

Lewes Con Club
139 High Street
East Sussex

Thursday 15th Feb 7.30 for 8pm

Tickets £12

Info: cajunbarn@outlook.com
Tel: 01892 533493

Rhys Jones Fiddle vocals
Cleek Schrey, fiddles
John Herrmann, banjo
Susie Goehring  guitar, vocals
Meredith McIntosh, bass, vocals

In 2010, Bigfoot burst upon the old-time music scene, which is to say, they formed as a band, won the traditional band contest at Clifftop, and caused people to look up and say, “Wow, they’re really good.” (Okay, so old-time musicians aren’t all masters of rhetorical effusion.) Of course, individually, these musicians had already shown themselves for years to be talented, accomplished, and fun to accept a free beer from.

The band consists of Rhys Jones (fiddle), Cleek Schrey (fiddle), John Herrmann (banjo), Susie Goehring (guitar), and Meredith McIntosh (bass).Their combination of two fiddles, guitar, banjo and bass is the best old-time string band sound, especially for dancing. The vocals are spot on, beautiful harmonies, . These folks give an equally wonderful and authentic old-time flavour to the songs they perform

We are immensely lucky to have Bigfoot do a show for us, it’s going to be one of those wonderful evenings memorable evenings, highly recommended.

Need to reserve seats or a table? No problem when you get your tickets in advance. Send a cheque made to ‘The Cajunbarn’ to 12 Rusthall Park, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 8NP. Tickets will be held on the door for you or enclose a SAE and they’ll be with you by return of post.

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9th January

Gainsborough Workshops

This year we have a Harmonica workshop, participants should bring one in the key of C.

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8th January

A Five-String Banjo Sourcebook

The American 5-string banjo is many things: a physical object of material culture with roots back to Africa and farther east, and a complex and ongoing development in North America; an equally complex musical culture ranging through vernacular, classical, and popular musical idioms and histories; and connections to social, cultural, and artistic networks. One volume cannot encompass all this, but Gérard De Smaele’s earlier work in French, “Banjo Attitudes”, comes close. In the meantime we are lucky to have in hand De Smaele’s exhaustive compendium of history, research. and commentary on the banjo that will inform and nourish inquiry and interest.

Art Rosenbaum, 2018


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CD Reviews

People will have noticed that the review section in the Old Time News has expanded considerably and I really need to increase the panel of reviewers. You will hopefully have seen the reviews in the magazine and so have a good idea of what is expected. You don’t have to be an old-time expert, but you do need to have a reasonable knowledge of old-time music and musicians in order to provide a helpful review. I always invite reviewers to select what they wish to review so you won’t be asked to review something you don’t like or know nothing about. Please email me if you are interested stevewise555@gmail.com, or find me at Gainsborough to talk about it.


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4th January

Obituary for Bill Cox

The next issue of the Old Time News will contain an obituary for Bill Cox who passed away in late 2017. Bill used to produce cartoons for the OTN and it would be good to have one or two. I have one, which was uploaded to the Facebook group, but it would be good to have a few to choose from. Scans can be emailed to Steve Wise: stevewise555@gmail.com

Next Pickin’ Lunchtime Sun 7th January 3-6pm

Hi Y’all, we invite you to get your monthly ‘Old Time Fix’ in Reading UK on every 1st Sunday 3-6pm at Pickin’ Lunchtime @ The Global Cafe, 35-39 London St, Reading UK, RG1 4PS (free parking at rear & only 5 min walk from train station). Ph: 0118 958 3555

Players of all levels, singers & dancers & friends are welcome to our monthly 1st Sunday acoustic music session.

Generally American stringed band stuff (Old Time, Bluegrass, Blues & Folk) and hosted according to traditional session etiquette. If new to this then take a peek at http://www.pegramjam.com/etiquette.html and while there also check out this useful resource for accompanying tunes unfamiliar to you (it is hoped that tune leaders will announce tune titles before commencing to play giving those with this book time to find them).

Hope to see you there :O)

Your Pickin Lunchtime session hosts are Stu Weetman & Colm Daly.
See also our Facebook Group where you’ll find under group description video links to many of the songs & tunes we do in their respective keys: https://facebook.com/groups/pickinlunchtime

Also please share this SUBSCRIBE LINK with others (to be sent this monthly email reminder…..always reversible!) http://eepurl.com/biYzvD or simply send them this leaflethttps://goo.gl/p9sqKw

Remember to share with your musical/dancing/clogging friends too!
More info email Colm: newtchaser@gmail.com or call/text 07776373906.


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1st January

Gainsborough 2018 Tickets

Members, non-members and day tickets are now available here

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18th December


The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed that the main header on the Gainsborough poster on the back cover of the magazine shows the year as 2017. To avoid any confusion, this is most definitely incorrect and entirely my fault – mea culpa! The attached poster now reads “The 24th Gainsborough Old Time Festival 2018”. I hope to see you there in February and you can admonish me accordingly.

Judy Spindler

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Old Time Pub Session Cornwall

8.00 Wednesday 10th January 2018
Out of the Blue
Mill Lane
TR13 9LQ



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15th December

Paul and Clare Sheridan

Paul and Clare Sheridan will be doing a workshop at Gainsborough, Feb 2018, where they will take you through the basics of flatfooting. The style that grew out of the Appalachian mountains combining the stepping from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland with the African slave rhythms and native American forms of dance.

Look for them strutting their stuff in the concerts, along with other dancers, do come and join in, Old Time music is made for dancing to. Paul will be doing a demo Friday evening with one of the bands.

Clare and Paul were part of Roughshod, an Appalachian clog team that performed across the country, Ireland, Germany, France, North Carolina, from 1988 to 2003, they were recognised as one of the teams most true to the style danced by the original Appalachian performance team The Green Grass Cloggers, from North Carolina.

You will see the couple on their board at various sessions among the musicians throughout the weekend. Do come and join us for a dance and a chat. Clare is your dance rep on the FOAOTMAD committee.

Clare Sheridan

Dance at Gainsborough Festival 2017

It was so wonderful to have use of the classrooms for sessions. We danced to some amazing tunes from our lovely musician friends taking turns on the boards for hours on end. We enjoyed the concerts and had some dancing opportunities up front with some good friends and fabulous music. All the acts were riveting, I stayed throughout which I rarely do.

We were bowled over by Evie and Keith’s performance at the concerts on Friday and Saturday and were sad that Evie’s workshop coincided with ours on Sunday. I did catch Keiths body music workshop which was a real challenge and made sounds and used parts of my body I had not imagined as musical (even my derriere, pardon my french)

Saturday’s Flatfooting workshop on the school hall stage was well attended by about 18 people 15 of which were beginners. Starting with a warm up to get our muscles in the mood and to relax our arms we went on to cover the Tennessee Walking Step which is a four beat rhythm using the flat foot, a toe lift, a toe drop and a heel. We touched on rock hopping towards the end which adds an up to a flatfooting sequence which is all down with knees bent and feet close to the ground.

The square dance was great fun and well attended, we even got the St John’s Ambulance workers to join in. We especially enjoyed Evie singing the calls.

On Sunday Evie took to the stage with most of our beginners from the day before but we had quite a few in the gym, some that joined us when they came to pack, so we ended with 10 and they all improved during the hour and a half that we played with the four beat Tennessee Walking step by leaving beats out, making it syncopated, replacing shuffles from clogging steps with toe drops and going from flatfoot to rockhopping and back again.
All in all a very enjoyable festival.

Clare Sheridan

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